Pecha-Kucha is the Japanese word for the sound of chit chat and Pecha-Kucha nights are now a world-wide phenomenon. Gatherings of thousands of people in over 100 cities witness presentations in the unique 20×20 format and use these presentations as points of departure for networking and discussion.
Four Pecha-Kucha Nights took place in Colombo in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, spearheaded by Saskia Fernando Gallery.
For starters, Pecha-Kucha Night featured four to eight hand-picked presenters (designers, artists, photographers etc.) who described their work using 20 slides, with 20 seconds on each. The format, developed by Klein Dytham Architecture in Tokyo in 2003, gives people light-space as well as making sure that the audience is not driven to boredom by long harangues.
The fact that the main medium is visual is a huge plus-point since it allows people in multi-lingual cultures such as ours to overcome language barriers as they display and discuss their creativity.